Organization: Tulsa Zoo
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Job or Internship: Job
Mammal Keeper – Sea Lions, Large Carnivores
Full time position expected to care for certain species of the Tulsa Zoo’s mammal collection that currently includes sea lions, large felids, canids, and bears.
Maintain, train and document husbandry and presentation behaviors for sea lion collection or other animals as assigned.
Present daily animal presentations and behind the scenes tours educating the public with approved institutional information.
Excellent public speaking skills and the ability to deliver educational presentations, animal encounters, tours, and media requests.
Maintain cleanliness of exhibit and surrounding areas according to established protocols.
Perform regular scuba and hookah diving while using power scrubbers underwater as part of the maintenance of the exhibit.
Prepare food and food records according to organizational guidelines and USDA standards.
Prepare, implement and document environmental enrichment.
Cohesive work with animal health department with preventative medicine measures and associated medical procedures.
Maintain consistent professional attitude, motivation and ability to accept criticism.
Work environment includes diverse weather conditions as well as physically challenging responsibilities.
Evening, holiday, weekend, overtime, and special event work will be required.
Additional responsibilities deemed necessary by Tulsa Zoo Management Inc.
o Bachelor's degree in biological science field, with preference given to applicants with 1-3 years paid experience with marine mammals, especially pinnipeds.
o Knowledge and use of advanced operant conditioning technique as it applies to marine mammals specifically pinnipeds.
o Ability to notice precursors of animal aggression and specific training techniques to reduce it.
o Working knowledge of water chemistry and life support systems as they relate to marine mammal exhibits.
o Physical requirements include SCUBA certification, ability to lift 50 lbs, walk on uneven surfaces and work in all weather conditions.
o Demonstrable public speaking skills.
o Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
o Positive, mature, and self motivated team player expected to work effectively with guests, staff, volunteers, and animals.
o Safety awareness.
o Quick thinking skills and the ability to handle stressful work conditions effectively.
o Full Time, Hourly, $12.48/hr
o Comprehensive benefits package
Interested applicants can submit resume and cover letter to Stephanie Kain, Zoological Manager-Large Carnivores/Sea Lions at firstname.lastname@example.org , 6421 E. 36th St. North, Tulsa, OK 74115. No phone calls please. EOE